When The Halifax contacted me and asked if I could think of someone special who deserved a little bit extra this Christmas I had the perfect candidate. I think my partner's Mother Diana deserves a little extra more than anyone else I know.
My partner's family live in Scotland on a gorgeous Shetland Pony farm where they have ponies and chickens and their own woods. I've written about it before because we go up there whenever we can. It was on the way home from their house when I broke my leg, and it was there last Easter where we had the amazing snow.
They're far in distance, but never far. When I was pregnant and whenever we've needed them my partner's Mother has always been quick to remind me that she can be here in 4 hours. When I had my hernia operation in October 2012 they were here for a week to help with the children and the house.
2013 has been a fairly rubbishy year for us all healthwise and my partner's Mum Diana has borne the brunt of it. In July my partner's Dad had to be rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. While he was still recovering my partner developed Meningitis. Any parent knows that is one of your greatest fears and to be away from your son while they're so incredibly ill, however old they are, must have been horrific for her, especially coming so quickly after her husband being in danger.
In October and completely out of the blue, Diana had a stroke. She's recovered and is as well as before thankfully, but clearly a very worrying and hard time for her and my partner's Dad.
My partner's parents train their Shetland Ponies for riding and pulling a carriage, they teach children to ride and volunteer with youngsters with disabilities, the ponies are incredibly important to them, so I wanted to get something with a Shetland Pony on it. I instantly thought of a pendant, and after only 2 minutes looking I found exactly what I had in mind, ordered it and we were ready when they came to visit this weekend...
It's a gorgeous silver pendant, made in Shetland and showing a Shetland pony. And she liked it!.
I'd like to thank The Halifax for funding this gift and giving me the opportunity to give that little bit extra to someone very special this Christmas.